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Who are the National Park Travelers?
I go by Wulverine as I went to the U of Michigan (The Wolverines) but am slightly off! I am a physician from Florida who discovered the national parks while taking his kids and wife to Alaska for a land and see trip 5 years ago. Fell in love with Denali and the wilderness. Since then, I have been dragging my family on 3 vacations a year to visit national parks through out the US. I have been blessed to get 4 or more weeks of vacation off per year over the summer to do long road trips. So far, we have visited almost 200 national parks and will be around 225 after this summer is up. Also, we have around that many junior ranger badges. Always looking forward to the next trip!
Employed in NPS as Administrative Officer. 28.5 years with Park Service, primarily in the field of administration, in CA, UT, AK, AZ, NM, and ID. Traveled extensively to national parks throughout the U.S. and Marianas Islands.
Aggtelek National Park in Hungary is truly a unique park, with a sprawling and surprising cave system, an equestrian center, and miles of hiking and biking trails.
Aggtelek National Park in northeast Hungary features amazing karst caverns, a hucul horse riding centre, environmental education centers, and hiking and biking through Hungary's most interesting and unique landscape.
Aggtelek National Park is the only national park in Hungary established in order to first and foremost protect inanimate natural assets - karst formations and caves. The conservation of the territory began in 1978 when it was declared a "protected landscape area," and in 1985 it was recognized as a national park. Nineteen ninety-five was a significant year in the history of the national park as The Caves of the Aggtelek Karst and the Slovak Karst were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The surface disguises some 1200 caves, 280 of which can be found on the Hungarian side. The area richly deserves the extra layer of UNESCO protection on the grounds of the complexity, diversity and relatively intact conditions of its caves and formations. The total territory of the national park is more than 20000 hectares (77 square miles). It has also been a designated Ramsar Convention Site for the protection of wetlands and waterfowl.
Business Name: Pics by Shelly LLC
We are Don and Shelly Hafner from Kansas City, MO. We are professionals with advanced degrees. We have been married for 32 years. We have two adult sons and one grandson. We enjoy travelling together—always have. We have been to most of the states in the U.S. With this journey, we will complete one of our goals of going to all fifty. Additionally, we have travelled to numerous other countries including Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Venezuela, and the UK. We have visited most of the Caribbean. Our favorite spot outside of the United States is Barbados. We also enjoy photography, cooking and the Kansas City Royals. Gluttons for punishment, we know.
Our dream to visit all of the US National Parks in a short period of time evolved unexpectedly, but quickly. We reviewed a number of ideas, spoke with a number of people, and tweaked our plan many times. We hope to present a message of freedom and spirituality. Please do not expect political messages—there won’t be any. Our purpose is not to develop a review site. Rather we expect to tell the story of what it is like for two people to plan and make such a trip. Our journey will have an element of surprise. We are not going to publish our travel plans in advance. Rather, we will blog about and share photographs as we get to each National Park. We will begin at Hot Springs National Park on April 1st, 2014. We know where and when we are going to reach National Park #59. That will be July 4th, 2015. Please follow along to learn where we will be.
In addition to www.59nationalparks.com, we will be making extensive use of social media. Follow us on Twitter, Google+, Pintrest, and YouTube. Our primary blog will feature National Parks. In addition, we will have a blog called “The Excellent Adventures of Bubba and Lilly”. Bubba and Lilly are our dogs. This blog is primarily for children though we hope that it appeals to all. We believe it is important for children to value our National Parks and to develop a desire to travel. There is no better way to learn.
59nationalparkscom is a business venture. What we are doing fits well with many categories. We will be offering our best National Park photographs for sale on the site—matted and framed. We are in search of one national sponsor. Categories that work well are, but no limited to:
- · National campground companies.
- · Camping gear and outfitters.
- · Recreational vehicle companies.
- · Travel and tour companies.
- · Photography companies.
- · Pet suppliers.
We have a business plan to share with interested parties.
We are strong supporters of small businesses who rely upon the National Parks to make a living. We will have a unique webpage for each National Park. We will be offering limited advertising space for each park we visit on our website. Categories here could be local restaurants, coffee shops, outfitters, RV supplies, photography shops and independent camp grounds.
We are also interested in affiliate marketing partners to work with on our website.
Along the way we will be available to the press for interviews and appearances. We are also very interested in sharing our experiences with school children. Contact us at the email or phone number listed above.
We so look forward to our journey and from hearing from those who follow along.
Avid hiker, and explorer in the southwest since 1995! Owner of Treks West Tours, offering adventure tours in the southwest and Alaska since 2011. Married to Sheila, reside in Mechanicsville, MD. Love the National Parks! Current favorite is Big Bend NP in Texas!
I live in the gateway boro of Medford Lakes, NJ. The Pinelands National Reserve is my backyard. We enjoy a rich history including the Lenni-Lenape Indians, profiteering and pirating during the American Revolution, and today, the world's best blueberries, cranberries, and tomatoes. But our best kept secret is 17-trillion gallons of pristine water beneath our sugar sand and dwarf pines. I, along with many other "Pineys" am here to protect this heritage and natural resource.
Dr. Patricia Owens is a retired history professor who lives in Illinois. She earned a Ph.D. in history from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a M.A. in American Studies from the University of Wyoming, a M.A. in history from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a M.S. in forestry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a B.A. in history and political science from Illinois State University.
Dr. Owens has been a seasonal NPS employee at George Rogers Clark NHP and the Lincoln Home NHS. She worked two summers for Hamilton Stores in Yellowstone National Park, one summer for the Yellowstone Association and two summers in the Yellowstone Archives/Library. This past year she served as a member of the T. A. Moulton Barn Centennial Celebration Committee, Grand Teton National Park. Dr. Owens has published several articles and her areas of study and research are Lincoln and the American West.
Retired VA physician,
now professional photographer and T shirt designer
Lisa Sasser has worked in preservation since 1972, beginning as a Museum Technician at the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas. In 1977, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University, completing as a thesis project, a Historic Structures Report and restoration plan for a post-1680 houserow at Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico. From 1979-1984 she was employed as a Historical Architect on the Northeast Team of the Denver Service Center, the centralized planning and design office of the National Park Service. In 1984, she entered the National Park Service preservation trades training program at the Williamsport Preservation Training Center (now HPTC) in Williamsport, Maryland. After completing the trades training program, she remained on the Training Center staff as a Supervisory Preservation Specialist and Senior Historical Architect. In 1993, she became the Assistant Chief Historical Architect for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. She worked in the Northeast Region of the National Park Service as a Project Manager and Facility Management Coordinator from 1996 until her retirement from the National Park Service in August 2009. She currently provides consulting, teaching and technical services for documentation, conservation, repair and maintenance of historic structures. Lisa is a founding member and past President of the Preservation Trades Network, and past President of the Timber Framers Guild.
Education, Honors, and Certification
MBA Studies - Golden Gate University, San Francisco
Lifetime Teaching Credentials, California Community Colleges, Adult Education for the following disciplines:
A. Distribution and Marketing
B. Art and Design, including Photography - U.C.S.D., San Diego
Certificate - New York Institute of Photography, New York, NY
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Auburn University, AL
Instructor in Digital Photography, SFSU OLLI, San Francisco, CA
Instructor in Digital Photography, Tamalpais Community Education and College of Marin, CA
Faculty, University of Hawaii at Hilo - Hawaii Community College, Digital Media Arts
Instructor in Digital Photography, College of Marin Community Education
Area Manager, Circlepix Virtual Tours, Sonoma and Marin Counties, CA
Owner, Hank Miller Photography, Greenbrae, CA
Regional Manager, Impact Imaging, UT
Account Manager, ColorWise, CA
District Manager, CRI, San Diego and San Francisco, CA
District Manager, Knoll International, San Diego and San Francisco, CA
Aviator, United States Navy
SERRA Equine Rescue, Petaluma, CA
Giant Steps Therapeutic Riding School, Petaluma, CA
Chair, Publicity Committee, Habitat for Humanity, local chapter
Member, Disaster Action Team, American Red Cross
Computer training, Swords to Plowshares, San Francisco
St. Vincent De Paul, Veteran Advisor
Veterans Medical Center - Photographic Art Therapist, San Francisco
2010 New Mexico Madness, Lulu Press
2009 Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Lulu Press
2009 Hubbell Post, Lulu Press
2008 Road Trip Southwest, Lulu Press
2006 Digital Photography for Travelers Notebook, Lulu Press, 2006
2006 The Admiral’s Son, Lulu Press, 2007
2007 Vacation Bible School Dropouts, Lulu Press, 2006
2002 I Like Being American, Doubleday, Michael Leech, “Touch Me-A Soliloquy” poem and “The Wall” photographic image.
Major Exhibitions, Collections, and Internships
Nantuck School of Art and Design (division of RISD), September, 2013
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, Artist in Residence, Spring, 2011
Visiting Artist, American Academy of Rome, Italy, 2010
Tubac Arizona Art Beyond the Lens Competition, 2010
Panoramic Photography Exhibit, IAPP/IVRPA International Panoramic Photography Conference, 2010, Tuscon, AZ
Guest Artist, Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, NM, Fall, 2009
Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe, NM, Artist in Residence, Fall, 2009/2010
Hubbell Trading Post National Historical Site, Arizona, Exhibitor and Artist in Residence, Summer, 2009
Marin IJ, Second Place, Color, 2008
M.A.L.T., Ross, CA 1991
Yosemite Institute: Guest Artist, Yosemite National Park, 1991
Private Collection: Jessica Hall Interiors, Marin County, CA
Private Collection: Eric Electronics, San Jose, CA
Marin County Fair, 2002, Best of Class
Private Collection: Rachelle Barber, San Rafael, CA
Solo Exhibition, University of California at Riverside Art Museum, 2000
Solo Exhibition, San Francisco Art Commission, 2001
Solo Exhibition, Mill Valley Art Commission 2001
Private Collection: Wayne Vic Brown, Novato, CA
Marin County Fair, 1991, 92, 93, 95, 98
Private Collection: B. Feichtmeir, San Francisco, CA
Southern California Exposition, Del Mar, CA 1984
Private Collection: The Runswicks, Danville, CA
Solo Exhibition, Glad Hand Restaurant, Sausalito, CA 1969
Course syllabi created and instructed:
Digital Photography for Beginners
Continuing Digital Photography
Digital Photography for Travelers Workshop
The Art of Seeing
DLSR Beginning Photography
Camera Walks: Sausalito, North Beach, Mission, Golden Gate Park, The Embarcadero, Presidio
Retired NPS ranger...34+ years. Worked at:
Water Resources Division
Santa Fe and Trail of Tears Natonal Historic Trails
San Antonio Missions
Originally from Virginia I made my way to Utah for the Greatest Snow on Earth but ended up staying for the Rivers, the Desert and the Mountains. I've been working at Holiday River Expeditions for 22 years. I love working with Kurt and National Parks Traveler. I have a strong appreciation for the quality news, information and service he provides for the public, the parks and outfitters alike. We are continuing our partnership through the Essential Paddling Guide. If you have questions about our trips in Dinosaur National Monument or Canyonlands National Park, I'm your girl.
Avid hiker, love the Rocky Mountains and love our national parks!
AUSTIN R. PICK was born in North Carolina and has traveled widely while pursuing an interest in contemplative practice and a love of the world's wild places. Austin writes both fiction and nonfiction, and his work has appeared in Pleiades, Metazen, Adbusters Magazine and elsewhere. He now lives in Colorado.
Austin is an Eagle Scout, and began backpacking at a young age. It's become one of his goals to visit all of America's National Parks, and he maintains an ongoing list with links to photos and more here. True to his Carolina heritage, Austin is also a devotee of all things BBQ, but cheeseburgers are an acceptable substitute when coming in off the trail. Austin's website is www.FudoMouth.net, and he can be found on Twitter as @FudoMouth.
Born in Eugene, Oregon, attended high school in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin and Augustana Academy in Canton, S.D., college at Dana College, Blair, Neb. and Iowa State U. in Ames, Ia. Served in U.S.Navy, Pacific theatre during world war II. My working career was in the National Park Service (Zion, Carlsbad Cavers, Grand Canyon, C & O Canal (the first Ranger assigned to this new park) Petrified Forest, Rocky Mountain, Arches - Canyonlands (the second Chief Ranger of this new National Park), Superintendent of Dinosaur, Assistant (now designated as Deputy)Regional Director of Midwest Region in Omaha, NB. prior to creation of Intermountain Region, State Director for State of Utah, Superintendent of Glacier National Park.
Traveling like turtles, slowly and deliberately, we have wandered together since 2004. With no cure for an insatiable wanderlust and an undeniable need to live life to the fullest, TurtlesTravel blog is a place to reflect on newly-discovered places, people and ideas . . somewhere for like-minded people to meet, explore and be inspired!
Photographer and founder of Blue Ridge Parkway Daily. I live in Johnson City, TN and love these mountains!
Conservation Director, Wild Sheep Foundation, Cody, WY
I'm only a wayward 20-something, but I have visited 103 national park units and never plan to stop. An avid traveler and an amateur photographer, I get itchy if I haven't used my passport in more than 6 months (it's been almost two years!). My base camp is currently in Lander, WY, where I work for a conservation non-profit and moonlight as a librarian. I plan to be a professional intern for at least the next 20 years. Less stress. I also love trying to convince people that cultural resources are an integral part of natural resources management, though often it's a losing battle.
I worked for the National Park Service for 23 years - beginning as a seasonal interpreter at Mesa Verde National Park and ending as superintendent of Chaco Culture National Historical Park - and completed my federal service with seven years as chief of visitor service at the Bureau of Land Management's Anasazi Heritage Center near Dolores, Colorado, retiring at the end of 1995. I later edited the weekly "Mancos Times" newspaper from 1999 to 2006. My wife, Sandy Feutz, and I moved to Silver City, New Mexico , in 2010, where, as FeVa Fotos, we share our joy of picture-taking through prints and cards.
A seven-year Student Conservation Association veteran, my work with the organization influenced my decision to gain a degree in conservation biology. My SCA programs have taken me from Cape Cod National Seashore to Colorado National Monument and back east to Gateway National Recreation Area.
Photography is my passion
Travel is my love
Music my constant companion............